Saffron Rose Festival, Consuegra, Spain
Marvel at the flower which gives Spain’s national dish, paella, it’s vibrant, sunny colour. The Saffron Rose Festival marks the flower’s harvest, where locals separate the saffron spice from the flower before feeding the ravenous crowds.
Jazz Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain
Globe trotting jazz musicians gather in earnest for the Jazz Zaragoza festival every year in November. Held in the Auditorio de Zaragoza, previous artists have included Christian McBride, Pat Metheny and Roy Haynes.
November 30 – January 6
World Press Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Award-winning journalistic photographs are presented at the Contemporary Culture Centre in Barcelona this year, from current affairs, sports to nature and portraits. Prepare yourself to witness moments shock, abhorrence and beauty.
Bankia Gospel Festival, Madrid, Spain
Madrid hosts this annual vocal event at the La Casa Encendida and Teatro Fernán Gómez. Acts will include gospel choirs from both the USA and Madrid.
Creativa Expositions, Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg’s Exhibition Hall will be holding over 100 stalls and workshops for arts and crafts enthusiasts. There’s a little something for everyone: creative cuisine, quilting, scrapbooking, beads, crafts and much more.
Mondial du Lion, Angers, France
Held in the picturesque Haras park, the Mondial du Lion welcomes Olympic equestrian competitors from 15 countries to take part in the competition. The weekend’s events include dressage, show jumping and cross country.
Fête du Vin Nouveau, Bordeaux, France
To celebrate the new crop, the streets of Notre Dame are flooded by food and drinks stalls, music and entertainment. Over 10,000 visitors attend the annual wine-cum-antiques fair, toasting the new red.
Truffle Market, Noyers, France
The unique and luxury black diamond truffles are just to cherry on the cake at the Noyers’ annual market. Stall holders offer an abundance of delicacies, from foie gras to wine and cheese.
September 2012 – January 2012
The Big Wheel, Paris, France
Located on Paris’ Place de la Concorde, ride The Big Wheel during the day for spectacular views of the capital or admire the spectacular City of Lights after dark.
November 9 2012 – January 6 2013
The Winter Festival of Lights, West Virginia, USA
Witness a winter wonderland of dazzling light displays at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Centre.
Thousands of LED lights celebrate the festive season in a glow of native scenes, fairytale landscapes and spectacular gardens in America’s largest light show.
International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York, USA
One of the worlds most prestigious art and antiques fairs, the event showcases hundreds of gems, from antiques to contemporary art, rare books, jewellery and marine artefacts by leading international dealers.
October 6 – January 1 (All year)
Spa Valley Railway, Kent, England
Get a taste of Victorian Britain by taking a ride on the historic locomotives in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Stop off at picturesque villages, explore the High Rocks and marvel at the Victorian engine shed.
Festival of Lights, Mumbai, India
The Hindus of Mumbai light candles and lanterns symbolising Lord Rama’s homecoming after defeating King Ravana and is a celebration of good over evil. Lamps illuminate the streets as fireworks ignite the skies at Chowparry beach.
May 1 – November 30
Salmon leaping, Inverness, Scotland
Catch a glimpse of a salmon’s struggle upstream in the Autumn months at the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre in the Scottish Highlands. Witness the battle against the currents as the slippery athletes leap and splash up the river to their birthing grounds ready for spawning.
November 30 – December 2
Durham Christmas Festival, Durham, England
The illustrious Durham Cathedral provides the perfect backdrop for the city’s annual festival. Stalls litter the streets, selling seasonal treats to a chorus of Christmas carols.
November 24 – December 5
Bridge of the River Kwai Week, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Commemorating the end of the war, the Kanchanaburi province throws a carnival, cultural performances and historic exhibitions in celebration.
King’s Cup Regatta, Phuket, Thailand
The globes finest yachts race the Andaman seas for the Asia’s largest and most popular regatta. Competitors are drawn from around the world to take part in the esteemed event.
October 18 – November 4
Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi Beach, Australia
Australia’s coastline is scattered with sculptures from Bondi Beach to Tamarama in an al fresco exhibition. Over 400, 000 visitors flock to the beaches to observe the local and international artist’s work.
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